In July of this year two boys swimming in the ocean off a Florida beach got caught in a riptide. Their family swam into the ocean to save them but were soon trapped with them. Others saw and tried to help. Soon nine people were caught in the riptide. People on the beach wanting to help began forming a human chain. It started with 5 people with linked arms reaching out into the ocean, then 15, then the human rescue chain grew to 80 people. One woman,Jessica Simmons, and her husband who were very strong swimmers used boogie boards to reach the drowning swimmers and ferry them to the human chain who passed the swimmers down the chain and to the shore. All 9 drowning swimmers were saved.
In a Facebook post, Jessica Simmons said, “To see people from different races and genders come into action to help TOTAL strangers is absolutely amazing to see!! People who didn’t even know each other went HAND IN HAND IN A LINE, into the water to try and reach them. Pause and just IMAGINE that.”
Pause and just imagine that. Strangers risking their lives and working together to help others. That is good, that is optimism, that is courage, that is kindness.
I like to listen to the news in the mornings. Today I had to turn it off. I had to focus on something different. Thankfully, I recently heard this story and have been able to focus on it. I feel people’s sadness as if it were my own. I hurt for those who are hurting. To fight fear and sadness I reach my hand out to you hoping to build a human chain of love and kindness and compassion. Let’s work together to build and lift and save. I don’t know what I can do personally to help those hurting in Las Vegas or the now homeless in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico but I know I can lift and build my children, my friends, my family, my community. When I link arms with another I can strengthen them and they can strengthen another. Our chain can grow and strengthen and together we can help those who are helpless as well as strengthen ourselves.
Let’s not be sad or scared. Let’s be optimistic. “You can’t, you don’t build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, you work with faith, and things happen.” -Gordon B. Hinckley
Let’s work with faith and optimism to reach out our hands and link together to make good things happen.
What is one thing you can do today to build and lift and strengthen another? Please share with me your thoughts. I would love to pass on any and all ideas to help me find courage to reach out and to help others find courage too.
Make today a good day friends.